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Subchapter 18. Ship Building, Ship Repairing and Ship Breaking Safety Orders
Article 8. Miscellaneous Safe Practices

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§8397.14. Precautions for Hot Work.

(a) General requirements.

(1) Designated Areas. The employer may designate areas for hot work in sites such as vessels, vessel sections, fabricating shops, and subassembly areas that are free of fire hazards.

(2) Non-designated Areas.

(A) Before authorizing hot work in a non-designated area, the employer must visually inspect the area where hot work is to be performed, including adjacent spaces, to ensure the area is free of fire hazards, unless a Marine Chemist's certificate or Shipyard Competent Person's log is used for authorization.

(B) The employer shall authorize employees to perform hot work only in areas that are free of fire hazards, or that have been controlled by physical isolation, fire watches, or other positive means.

Note to subsection (a)(2): The requirements of subsection (a)(2) apply to all hot work operations in shipyard employment except those covered by Articles 4 and 7 of these Orders.

(b) Specific requirements.

(1) Maintaining fire hazard-free conditions. The employer must keep all hot work areas free of new hazards that may cause or contribute to the spread of fire. Unexpected energizing and energy release are covered by Section 8397.2 and the Electrical Safety Orders. Exposure to toxic and hazardous substances is covered in General Industry Safety Orders, Article 107, Section 5155.

(2) Fuel gas and oxygen supply lines and torches. The employer must make sure that:

(A) No unattended fuel gas and oxygen hose lines or torches are in confined spaces;

(B) No unattended charged fuel gas and oxygen hose lines or torches are in enclosed spaces for more than 15 minutes;

(C) All fuel gas and oxygen hose lines are disconnected at the supply manifold at the end of each shift;

(D) All disconnected fuel gas and oxygen hose lines are rolled back to the supply manifold or to open air to disconnect the torch; or extended fuel gas and oxygen hose lines are not reconnected at the supply manifold unless the lines are given a positive means of identification when they were first connected and the lines are tested using a drop test or other positive means to ensure the integrity of fuel gas and oxygen burning system.

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Note: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.


1. New section filed 2-22-2006; operative 2-22-2006. Submitted to OAL for
printing only pursuant to Labor Code section 142.3(a)(3) (Register 2006,
No. 8).

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